The curse of the anti-gay pledge

Timothy Kincaid

July 13th, 2011

There is something truly delightful in watching the Family Leader’s anti-gay pledge – which was supposed to pressure Republican candidates into a commitment to fight the civil equality promised by the Fourteenth Amendment – go up in flames.

After it was discovered that Bob Vander Plaats had thrown in a statement that suggested that African-Americans were better off when white people owned them and after Michelle Bachmann was put in the unenviable position of having to explain to the media that, yes, she does think slavery is a bad thing, no one else wants to have anything to do with this pledge.

Mitt Romney rejected the pledge, calling it “undignified and inappropriate for a presidential campaign”, Newt Gingrich found too many unspecified problems (divorce, perhaps?), and even those who are slogging hardest to get the theocrat vote, Tim Pawlenty and Herman Cain, couldn’t distance themselves fast enough.

And as for Bachmann, this error combined with her husband’s wacky ex-gay counseling may prove just too much even for social conservatives who have a very high tolerance for crazy.

Richard Rush

July 13th, 2011

It was surreal to watch the video of a presidential candidate (Bachmann) in 2011 having to explain that “yes, she does think slavery is a bad thing.” But that’s just part of what today’s Republican party has become.

Bruno

July 14th, 2011

Bachmann will win Iowa. Unfortunately, no one’s too crazy for the Republican base there.

Hunter

July 14th, 2011

At the risk of sounding cynical, perhaps it’s just that Romney, et al., are going for corporate backing, and corporations don’t want to deal with the hard-line culture war crowd. After all, most major corporations are a lot more progressive than the government, and we’ve seen how they react to the negative PR.

Timothy (TRiG)

July 14th, 2011

Typo: she does thing > she does think

Timothy Kincaid

July 14th, 2011

thanks TRiG

PLAINTOM

July 14th, 2011

Since NY the hate groups have gone absolutely insane. I personally love it, they are driving away the middle at light speed.

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